I’m 28 Today!

I was talking to Dina the other day about marriage and singleness.  She said that in Greece girls are encouraged to get married when they graduate from school – from HIGH SCHOOL, and that there is this underlying belief that a girl’s purpose is to get married and have babies.  I said the same thing existed in the States, although the pressure happened when graduating from college.  And then I said, “I wanted that really badly when I was in college.  But if I’d gotten married, I would probably be living in a suburban house in Illinois or Tennessee with a husband and kids.  I wouldn’t be here now.  I doubt I’d have a Master’s in Counseling….I’m so glad I didn’t get what I thought I wanted!”

All of which is to say:  my 27th year was a CRAZY one, and a great one!

While 27, I:

  • graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Counseling
  • lived with my grandparents and parents for three months each
  • raised $27,000 in fundraising to move to Greece
  • went on a month-long roadtrip to 17 states
  • worked as a nanny, secretary, and librarian
  • saw Hamilton the Musical
  • moved to Greece
  • learned basic Greek
  • visited New Orleans, Disney World, Seattle, New York City, and Berlin

Putting everything in list form, I don’t know how being 28 could possibly top last year.  BUT, well.  I’m in Greece!  A stone’s throw away from weekend trips all over Europe.  And House Damaris is about to begin, and I’ll get to work as a counselor/teacher/secretary/fundraiser!  And I get to figure out if and how I will stay here after my visa expires…

Life is wonderful!  I mean, it’s also scary and overwhelming, but that’s a pretty good indicator that I have chosen a life of adventure.  I can’t wait to see what good and beautiful and heartbreaking and exciting things happen now that I’m 28!


7 thoughts on “I’m 28 Today!

  1. Mary March 18, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    🎂🎉🎈Happy 28th, and to a fun, exciting, adventure filled, all that you love, year ahead!! Love you!!


  2. INFJash March 21, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Happy birthday girl! I hope it’s a good one, and you did so much. It inspires me. I want to have a list of accomplishments to name when I age, something to celebrate – I think I will do that when I turn 25 in August, the list may be small for me but it will be a start and a motivation! 🙂


    • Tricia March 21, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      Thank you! As long as the list is meaningful to YOU, it doesn’t matter how long it is or how “big” the things are on it! And believe me, most of my years are not QUITE that exciting! I honestly don’t think I could handle it if they were.


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